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  • Member since
    November 2005
Posted by Anonymous on Tuesday, October 14, 2003 4:23 PM
oh yeah those kits r pretty cool. i done one a while back with the electric motor also that my dad had in top of his closet. and i recently done the newer one of a nascar engine. i think they're pretty cool u outa try it out
  • Member since
    January 2003
  • From: Washington State
Posted by leemitcheltree on Thursday, October 9, 2003 9:51 PM
Jake,
I remember building a while ago.........pay particular attention while assembling the crankshaft - go slowly and make sure all the bits are cleaned up properly and lined up when you glue them, or the crank won't want to revolve smoothly.
Also, I'd replace the little tiny tube of oil with some rubber grease - you know, that white stuff that plumbers use on the o-rings on the spindles of your bathroom faucets. It lubricates better and stays where you put it - unlike the oil which eventually heads towards the closest gravity source (namely, the centre of the earth) and makes a mess of the inside of the model.
The model I made all those years ago had a battery operated electric motor, and the spark plugs were wired with little bulbs and would "spark" when the distributor rotated.
Basically, just take your time, make sure everything fits properly (adjust the fit if you need to) and make sure the crank, cam, and rockers are assembled carefully, and the thing should work just fine. Test fit, adjust fit, test fit, adjust fit, etc etc etc - get the message?
Oh, another thing - make sure the mating (gluing) surfaces are clean and tight fitting, and use a good quality liquid glue, not the tube stuff. Clamping the bits while they dry is best. Again, patience!! Allow everything to dry completely before moving to the next step.
If you make the model look as good as the engine on the 1960 pick up, then you'll have a real winner to display.
Cheers
LeeTree

Cheers, LeeTree
Remember, Safety Fast!!!

  • Member since
    February 2003
  • From: Lacombe, LA.
Posted by Big Jake on Thursday, October 9, 2003 6:49 PM
I don't know what I will do as of yet, , I never thought of gaskets, Those could be made of construction paper, huh? I was going to Straight out of box, but might want to dress it up a bit. don't know yet.

Jake

 

 

  • Member since
    November 2005
Posted by Anonymous on Thursday, October 9, 2003 5:19 PM
Jake, como cest va chere? (SP?) I did that model quite a few years ago when it still had an electric motor that came with it. Do you plane on leaving it totally clear, or do you plan on painting the biggest part and leaving clear parts in strategic places ? I plan on getting another one some day and doing the latter. Depending on how much extra detail you want to put in it, you could make some gaskets to put in place as you build it just to enhance it some. It's been so long since I built it, I can't really remember much of it, but I do remember the fit wasn't all that good and needed a lot of flash cleaned up on the one I had. Lots of luck with it and keep us posted on it. BTW, I'm in Lake Charles and will be in N.O. on the 30th for a doctor's appointment. I was just there last Thursday and stopped by Jerry's hobby shop, can't remember the name of it, to let him know we got the Regionals here in June. Hope to see you there.
  • Member since
    February 2003
  • From: Lacombe, LA.
Visible V-8
Posted by Big Jake on Thursday, October 9, 2003 5:04 PM
Hi Gang,

I usually hang out in the ships section. I just picked up a Visible V-8 at Hobby Lobby for 1/2 off reg, price. Any of your auto pros ever built this kit and is there any pit falls to to it before I start it.

I have no problems building real engines, but never tried this kit before. Here is a link to my 1960 GMC V-6 305A engine we restored for my antique truck.

http://www.stovebolt.com/gallery/groby_jake_1960_01.htm


Jake

 

 

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